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What Is Probate? Part 2: Good Probate

In our last blog we talked about “THE BAD PROBATE”. This time we want to shift gears and look at “THE GOOD PROBATE”. Again, we’re not here to pull the wool over your eyes. There is no such thing as a fun probate process. There are just really painful ones and less painful ones. In fact, if done correctly, your estate won’t even need to go through probate. The correct planning and documents will transfer ownership of your possessions without any court proceedings at all.

The less painful methods have all your instructions laid out about what you want done in your estate plan. It lets your loved ones know who should get what. It lets them get more of what you have built up. And it helps them avoid court rooms. So, you may ask, what does your estate plan include and how does it accomplish these things?

Wills, Trusts, and Deeds

We talk about a will and a trust. Your will guides your executor (the person you want to handle it) to know who should get what. Don’t get us wrong, the government does have a plan set up for you, but you must go to court to get everything approved and that costs money. If you have a will, your plans are already known so a judge doesn’t have to decide whether it is fair or not. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fair, what you want to happen is the only thing that matters. You get to decide who gets what and when they get it (specifically if you have children).

In certain scenarios, you may want to have a trust. Some scenarios that could drive you needing this are the size of your estate, whether you have a special needs child or if you want to gift a sum of money to a charity in a specific fashion among other things. If privacy is important to you, a trust may keep what’s happening within your estate private so only your family (and a few select court officials) know what is happening with your affairs.

Probate and Estate Planning

As we always say, a good estate plan also includes a financial power of attorney and a health care directive. In terms of worrying about a probate, neither of these documents will have an effect, but we feel it would not be responsible for us to leave them out when discussing estate plans. They are useful tools that should be considered.

Additionally, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using the proper deeds for your real estate. A fantastic tool that you can use within real estate is a Transfer on Death Deed, or a TODD. What this type of deed will do is automatically transfer your house or any other land to the correct person or people when you pass away. Again, you don’t need to worry about going to a probate court for them to decide that what happens. It’s already known by using this document. It’s very helpful and it’s certainly less expensive than going through the probate process.

Should I Consult a Probate Lawyer?

Something that isn’t often spoken about is making sure the beneficiaries on your retirement accounts and life insurance are properly listed. Often times, people just put a name down. In all actuality, they should be working in conjunction with their will and/or trust. The language to use is specific to you and can also save a lot of headache.

Essentially, there are a lot of tools out there to help you pass along your possessions without having to deplete the value for your loved ones. We strongly encourage everyone to go through the process of planning and reviewing their planning if you have already completed it. A little bit of pain for you now will prevent a lot of pain for your loved ones later.

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What Is Probate? Part 1: Bad Probate

What is Probate? Probate is simply a legal process that any estate with an asset worth more than $75,000 must go through. Inevitably, you’re going to hear from Forbes and Motley Fool and The Wall Street Journal and your preferred regional newspaper about how horrible it can be. And, we’re not going to lie to you, many times it is horrible.

We don’t believe in pulling the wool over your eyes. We want you to make the most informed decision that you possibly can. That’s why we’re going to explain to you what can happen if you don’t do appropriate estate planning. And then we’re going to explain what you need to do to avoid making probate a difficult, expensive and painful process.

How Much Does Probate Cost?

Let’s start out by explaining the why. There is no hard and fast answer to how much probate costs. We’ve seen estimates from as low as 2% to as high as 10% of your estate.

That may not seem like a lot on it’s face but remember that includes all your assets that don’t have beneficiaries listed on them. So, that excludes things like your IRAs, 401(k)s and life insurance. What it includes though is your house, any land you own, any stocks that you own, your cars, and any of your personal property.

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Again, that may not seem like a lot, but it WILL start adding up. Take for example this scenario…. the median cost of a house in the state of Minnesota is roughly $250,000. Depending on where you live that could be substantially higher or lower, of course, but we’ll use that as a starting point. Add in your two vehicles at $15,000 each and the value of your personal property (jewelry, lawn equipment, clothes, etc.) at roughly $50,000. Assuming you don’t have any bank accounts or investment accounts of any value, your estate is suddenly worth $330,000.

Between court fees, attorney fees, executor fees and various other expenses, your estate could be reduced by between $6,500 and $23,000. Now, depending on where you’re at in your life, that could have some pretty sobering effects. If you have minor kids, that means they will get that much less to support them. If you’re plan is to donate your money to charity or church, they will get that much less to do their good deeds. Whatever it is you want, the person or people that you want to benefit, will get much less benefit. Add to that, there’s always the potential of infighting about who should get what and it doesn’t lead to a pretty picture. You can calculate the size of your estate on your own and use this chart to approximate the cost of your own situation.

Probate Cost Chart

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That may not be fair, but that’s the reality. This is what we call “THE BAD PROBATE”.

So, now that we have also sufficiently worried and scared you, what can you do? Like we said, it doesn’t have to be that way. Proper planning and continual planning will help to avoid some of those headaches. So, what does that mean?

Avoiding Probate

Proper planning is different for every person and family. To start out with, you need to get all your estate planning documents in order. This is going to include a will and maybe a trust. A good estate plan will also include a financial power of attorney and health care directive. They won’t do anything in terms of the probate but should be included. Depending on your situation and your goals, you may also need to have a trust. Additionally, you’ll need to make sure that all the beneficiaries on your life insurance and retirement accounts.

Additionally, you should review your plan every 3-5 years to make sure it still meets your wishes and evaluate your current situation. You may or may not need to change anything, but, at the very least, you should review it.

Again, probate can be a scary process for those you leave behind. It doesn’t have to be though. Leaving instructions for what you want done should make you sleep easier at night. You can know that your wishes will be known and followed, and you can also know that you’ve made things easier on those you care most about.

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Estate Planning for Farmers

Everything about farmers is unique. Farming is unlike any other business. As many farmers will say, farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life. That means that farming is a way of life through thick and thin. With farming you don’t just go to work and go home when the job is done. You live at your job. You live in the same place you work. But the truth is, most farmers would never change their way of life unless they absolutely must. In addition to that, they want to pass it on to their kids. And they want their kids to pass it on to their grandkids. Or, at the very least, they want the land to stay within the family.

Farming Finances

The finances of farming are also very unique. Often the assets of a farm far outweigh the income of a farm. Speaking from an estate planning perspective, this creates a unique estate planning situation. According to the USDA’s Census of Agriculture, the state of Minnesota in 1997 had 78,755 farms. In the latest census in 2017, the state had 68,822 farms and this number keeps shrinking.

Aside from the obvious that more and more people are leaving the profession, it also means there is a lot of wealth transfer that has happened over the last 20+ years. Additionally, the average age of farmers is 58 years old according to the same census. That means there will be a lot more wealth transfer in the coming years.

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Kiecker Law Video Series Ep. 2 – How Do I Transition the Farm to my Children?

Real Estate Planning for Farmers

When we talk about estate planning in farming, there are so many factors to consider. Everything from the amount of land to the value of the machines to the amount of cash in the bank to which, if any, kids want to take over the farm to how you want to divide up the assets and money. In a certain sense, this is just like any other business owner. In another sense, it’s completely different. Again, farmers are unique.

As mentioned before, farming isn’t just a job. It’s a way of life. If you want to pass the farm on to one kid, but not the other, the estate plan could be written many different ways. You may want all the kids to be treated the same financially, but that means the estate plan must be written a specific way. If you want the kid that is taking over the farm to be treated differently than the others, you must write the estate plan in a different way. If you want to give the farm away, you can do that, but you need to do it a specific way.

Succession Planning for Farmers

So, what does that mean? It means that there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It means that when you’re considering the succession planning of your farm, you need to be aware of all the options that are available. There are many different outcomes that you may want and there is likely a way to accomplish each of those. Each one of those solutions is unique. Proper planning is essential to accomplishing the outcome that you desire.

To be sure, the legal system has set up a plan for you if you don’t do your planning. Likely, no one will be happy with that one-size-fits-all solution. It will likely lead to many arguments and many people that are upset with each other. Again, we know farmers are unique. We know that each situation is unique. Make sure that your plan is also unique. 

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Preparing To Sell your Business

In November, we celebrated National Entrepreneur’s month across the country. It’s a great time to celebrate the successes you may have had an entrepreneur or those successes of your family or friends. As the year comes to a close, many businesses look towards planning for the upcoming year(s). In that same vein we thought it would be helpful to look at something that many business owners often overlook: Getting ready to sell your business. Even if you’re not currently thinking about selling your business, it’s important to start preparing and take the right steps to get you ready. In fact, many of the steps are best practices for businesses no matter how old they are.

While it’s a bit old, Entrepreneur magazine had a fantastic article on what steps you should take to make sure you’re prepared. Inevitably, your business will have additional steps you need to complete, but this is a very good basic start:

  1. Get a business valuation
  2. Get your books in order
  3. Understand the true profitability of your business
  4. Consult your financial advisor
  5. Make a good first impression
  6. Organize your legal paperwork
  7. Consider management succession
  8. Know your reason for selling
  9. Get your advisory team in place
  10. Keep your eye on the ball

As you can see, many of these things are best practices that every business should be doing regardless of the stage the business is in.

We recommend that the first thing you do is to put together a good team to work on your behalf. Most likely you’ve got these people already available to you and are already working with them. The three key people are your accountant, your attorney, and your personal financial advisor. You want those three people to work as a team for you. They each will be able to help you with parts of your preparation for a sale, but you most likely don’t have a financial planning, legally trained accountant.

Often times one of these steps will lead to another and your team will need to work together. For example, as your accountant is developing the valuation, the way that your company is structured can have a significant affect on the value of the business. How well you have kept your corporate records can change the type of sale you will be able to complete. Will it be a stock purchase or an asset purchase? Are you in good standing with the state and have you filed your meeting minutes with the state if you are an LLC? You may also want to look at any contracts that you may have and how that positively or negatively affects the valuation.

Once you do get that valuation, you’re going to want to understand how that will affect your personal finances. You will want to make sure that you have the appropriate accounts in place and strategies for what to do with the money that you have worked so hard for. We don’t bring all of this up to scare you, we bring it up because this is our area of expertise. You have worked hard to build your business and that is your expertise, but we strongly suggest working with people that know all the rules, regulation, tips and tricks when it comes to selling a business. You have trusted advisors that work in this field, it’s worth it to use them to make sure you get the best result possible.

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Legal Issues for Business Owners

This month, Kiecker Law is celebrating National Entrepreneurs Month. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about what goes into starting a business from a legal standpoint. Today, we want to talk about other legal issues for business owners. We’ll talk about two main topics: keeping your legal structure up to date and the contracts you use within your business.

Keeping Your Legal Structure Up to Date

What do we mean by keeping your legal structure up to date? Assuming you set up a legal entity, the state requires you keep your records up to date and renew your business filings on a yearly basis. Essentially, that means that you need to have meeting minutes xxxxx, and xxxx for you to be considered a legal functioning business. You also need to file an annual renewal with the State of Minnesota.

So, what happens if you don’t file the necessary paperwork? Essentially, the State of Minnesota will dissolve your business entity and will no longer recognize you as a business. That means that someone else could file paperwork for a business of the same name and they would have rights to your business name and all the protections that go along with it.

Next month, we’ll talk about how not having the appropriate paperwork filed can affect you when you’re ready to sell your business. It’s safe to say, that it is in your best interest to make sure that you are keeping your business filings up to date with the state.

Business Contracts

The other part the legal aspect of your business that we want to discuss are the every day contracts that you agree to and use. Inevitably, you will be asked to sign contracts to do business with other companies. If you own a retail store, one of your vendors may ask you to sign a contract that allows you to be the only seller of their products in a 30 mile radius. That may seem like a great deal, but when you get something you’re always asked to give something up as well. Those contracts may prohibit you from selling certain other products as well. Is that really something that you want to agree to? Or maybe the vendor requires you to provide prime shelf space. Is that really the best thing for your business? As they say, the devil is in the details on these types of contracts and often times you will be required to give up something that you do not really want to. It’s essential that you carefully consider all of your options before signing a contract.

Another scenario might include you growing your business so much that you need to add on to your building. If so, that’s great, but you’re likely going to want to hire a construction company or contractor. In that case, you may want to add deadlines for when things need to be done by or your business could be more adversely affected that you are willing. Again, reviewing those contracts is essential. Many times it’s in your best interest to have an attorney review them first just to make sure the contract is saying exactly what you want it to.

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Starting A Business in Minnesota

November is a celebratory month for small businesses. November is National Entrepreneur Month as declared by former President, Barack Obama. According to the US Small Business Association there are 30.2 million small businesses as of 2015. Those small businesses employ 58.9 million people across the country. That means almost 50% of all people working in the United States are employed by a small business. Getting right down to it, small businesses drive the economy in the United States. It doesn’t matter what sector of employers, small businesses play a part. It could be health care or construction or services or retail or any other business you can think of, small businesses affect the world. Most likely, you or someone close to you is a business owner and should be very proud of what you are building. Business owners are a key cog in our society and need to be protected.

That’s why this month is a fitting month to talk about how those businesses, or yours, is legally structured. You may ask, “what does that matter?” Well, it can play huge role in how your business can be affected. Let us explain….

4 Types of Business Ownership

Let’s start out by saying there is no “wrong” way for your business to be structured whether it is a sole proprietorship or partnership or LLC or corporation. The reality, though, is that there are good and better ways for business to be structured. Today, we’re going to focus on Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs) and why they are usually a better structure than a sole proprietorship or partnership. There are a litany of reasons including tax advantages and ownership flexibility. The most important reason, quite frankly, is the reduced personal liability that you, as a business owner hold. By changing the legal structure of the business, you can shield you and your family from catastrophe. In a sole proprietorship or partnership, the owner is considered one with the business from a legal standpoint. What that means is that anything that happens in the business, the owner is responsible for and, in the litigious world we live in, that can be a dangerous set of circumstances.

Business Liability Examples

You may say that there is little or no liability in your business, but we’ll walk through two examples in two different industries.  

Let’s start with a small financial services firm. Suppose you give some advice to a client to purchase a stock or investment. That investment turns out to be a bad purchase and your client ultimately blames you and decides to sue you. Yes, you should have insurance and you probably do, but what if your insurance company decides that they don’t cover this particular scenario? What if your insurance company decides that you should have known better and won’t pay a claim? If you ultimately are found responsible, an LLC shields you from having your life savings taken for a simple mistake. The LLC would be liable financially, not you personally.

Another scenario might entail a retail business, say a paint store. Now, you might say, what kind of liability could a paint store possibly have? Well, we live in Minnesota. In many cities, retail stores are required to shovel the sidewalks outside their business or leading up to their business in the winter. If the sidewalk happens to not get shoveled as quickly as you want and someone slips on a patch of ice, falls, hits their head and suffers traumatic injuries that put them in the hospital for 2 weeks, who pays for the medical bills and, inevitably, the pain, suffering and loss of wages of that person? Most likely insurance, but what if it doesn’t? Your business likely would. The question is do you want to risk your personal wealth or do you want to limit it to the business?

Understandably, many people will say that those are far fetched examples and it will never happen to them. We would point to large businesses that employ many attorneys on their staff. Many of those large businesses feel so strongly about this, they require anyone that any vendors or contractors that they work with to have a legal entity.

What is The Best Form of Business Ownership?

Each individual business is different. We’re not saying that an LLC is the only way to go. Your situation should be evaluated by an attorney to help you decide what makes the most sense for you. Our hope is that you take the necessary steps to protect you and your business.

Happy National Entrpreneurs Month!

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Estate Planning for Retirees

In our last blog post, we talked about why someone that is retired or nearing retired would want to write their wills. This time we are going to talk about what makes up a true, full estate plan. A complete estate plan includes more than just a will. It also may include a trust and it does include a health care directive, a financial power of attorney, and also requires you to update your beneficiary designations. So, what does that mean?


Let’s start with what a will does. A will determines who gets your stuff when you pass away. It also appoints the person that is going to be in charge of distributing your property according to your wishes. For those that still have minor children, it also appoints a guardian for them. If you don’t have a will, the state does have one for you, but you and your heirs are at the mercy of a judge at that point. Not having a will is a good way to put undue stress on your loved ones after you’re gone.


A trust is often known as a living trust as well. The main purpose of a trust is to continue to control your assets while you are living, but also provide a vehicle to pass on your assets to your heirs without having to go through the probate process. A trust can potentially help avoid negative estate tax consequences. It avoids probate if structured properly and it provides a way of keeping your and your family’s finances private. It is likely less time consuming when administering the trust is potentially a less expensive way to distribute your assets.

Health Care Directive

A health care directive is simply a way to make sure that your medical needs are taken care of in the manner that you want them to be. You determine who will make medical decisions for you. You can lay out the exact methods of medical care that you want to be done or not done if necessary. Copies of these should be given to all of your doctors so they know what to do or who to turn to if something should happen to you.

Financial Power of Attorney

A Power of Attorney provides the ability for someone of your choice to make financial decisions for you when you are not able to make those decisions yourself. It allows your representative to pay your bills for you when you can’t so that you can get back to life as you knew it when you’re able to resume.

Beneficiary Designations

This isn’t a document that an attorney can write for you, but an appropriate estate plan will include a discussion about your designations. It is simply an activity that you must do. Each of your life insurance policies, financial accounts and retirement accounts have these. If titled correctly, you are able to protect them from the probate process and make sure that they will go to the right people or organizations.

Obviously, there is more to it than these simple explanations. We will be holding a seminar in Belle Plaine at the KingsPath Senior Living facility at 125 Commerce Dr W at 4:00 on October 24th. You can click below to get registered for them.

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Retirees and the Need for Planning

In a recent survey completed by caring.com, 76% of the respondents said that having a will is important. That means of the 1,003 people that took the survey, roughly 750 of them found it important. That same survey told us that only 40%, or 400, of all the people surveyed actually have a will. Those that are either in retirement or are approaching retirement (those that are 55 years and older) are a bit better as approximately 60% of that age group have a will. While that is better, that’s still 40% of people aged 55 or older that don’t have a will and that is the group we will focus on for now.

The question is, if it’s so important to people, why aren’t they actually doing it. Knowing you need to do something and actually doing it are completely different things. First of all, it’s not easy to admit your mortality. We all know we are going to die some day, but how many of us think that would be tomorrow? But that can’t be the only reason. We all do scary things when we need to…that’s what millennials kids call “adulting”. No, there are other reasons and the survey also addressed this question. Some common answers were “I don’t know how” and “It’s too expensive” (each received 6% of the responses). Well, we wouldn’t expect you to know how and, yes, it can be expensive. Again, we pay for expensive things when it’s necessary. How many of us would not fix the roof on our house if it were leaking? That’s expensive, but it’s necessary. Another common response was that “I don’t have enough assets”. While it may be true that you don’t have “a lot” of assets, many times it’s not how much that matters to your heirs (likely your kids) but what you have. And trust us when we tell you we have seen people fight over things that are worthless in terms of monetary value, but mean a lot to them.

The MOST common answer with half of the respondents answering this way was “I just haven’t gotten around to it.” Frankly, this answer can be devastating to families.

Devastating to families? Is that maybe a little strong? We would argue that it’s not. First, there is a financial component. If you die without a will and/or trust, Fidelity Investments did a study that estimated that 2%-5% of your assets will be eaten up by the probate process. So, just using a simple and realistic example, we can see what that means.

  • $250,000 House
  • $300,000 Retirement Accounts
  • $40,000 Personal Property
  • $590,000 Total Estate

That means that the total cost of the probate process on a relatively small estate for someone that has worked and saved for 30+ years is between $11,000 and $29,000. That is not a small bill for your estate and it’s likely not why you spent all those years saving your money. So, financially, is it devastating? Maybe not devastating, but it certainly is a tough pill for your kids to swallow.

The bigger threat, though, is what it can do to families. People fight over silly things. We often tell people that writing their will is for their kids, it isn’t for them. Yes, the financial aspect can be a driver, but even more so, preventing fighting between siblings is even more important. We all have seen siblings that were the best of friends for their entire life that never talk to each other again after their parents die. It’s heart wrenching. Plainly stated, it can be prevented by writing a will in most cases. Again, you didn’t save that money just so your kids could fight over it when you’re gone and it’s certainly not what you would have wanted.

At  our seminar this month we will talk about strategies to avoid these possibilities. It will be held in Belle Plaine at Kingspath Retirement Living at 125 Commerce Dr. West at 4:00pm on October 24th. You are welcome to register here.


Special Needs Trust Planning Seminar

Earlier this month, we posted a blog about some situations that your child may need to have a special needs or supplemental needs trust (we will refer to it as a special needs trust for this post). What we would like to do now is explain some of the consequences for not having one when it is necessary. There are two times that a trust would typically come into play. The first is one we hope doesn’t happen, but feel very strongly that everyone should plan for. That situation is if disaster hits and you as the parents of your child pass away. The second is when the inevitable happens and your child turns 18, or for some of you has already turned 18.

Special Needs Trust Introduction

We will tackle each of these scenarios separately. If something would happen to both parents of your child, presumably, your child would receive an inheritance. That could be anything from life insurance to your retirement accounts to other physical assets like your house. As soon as that happens, your child has “income”. The state would then be able to count that as income when determining whether your child is eligible for aid or not. It’s entirely possible that this would put them over the threshold and force them off of state aid, even if only for a year. If that happens, we all know how difficult it can be to get those same services back. The other part of the special needs trust that’s extremely important for your minor children is to appoint someone to be the guardian for your child that has the ability to care for them as well as to appoint someone to handle the finances. This could be the same person, but it may not be. You may have someone that you trust to take care of your kids, but doesn’t know how to balance their bank account. Or someone that is really good with money (and cares about your child), but wouldn’t know the first thing about how to keep a hectic schedule of shuttling kids from therapy to school to any other event. That’s OK, a special needs trust can help you define who does what.

The other scenario is when your child turns 18 and is no longer considered a minor. At this point, your child may be able to earn a living and income. They may also still need medical aid through the state. They may still be susceptible to people trying to take advantage of their generosity in a financial sense. No matter the scenario, if your child is considered special needs as an adult, a special needs trust may come into play. The same reasons apply though. Your child may still need medical assistance. You may need to watch over their finances. You will know what is best for your child, but the rules change when your child turns 18 and, often times, a special needs trust is the vehicle to help you care for them.

Register For The Seminar Now

Whether it be for purposes of making sure your child has an appropriate guardian or to make sure your child’s finances are protected, a special needs trust can help you and your child. Later this month, Omni Kiecker, Esq. will be giving a talk on supplemental and special needs trusts. She has written the book (Financially Caring for Your Disabled Child: A Guide to Understanding the Minnesota Supplemental Needs Trust) to help Minnesota parents in their fight to help their children. The talk will be on Wednesday, September, 25th at 4:30 pm in the Sakatah Room of the Greater Mankato Business Development Building. If you would like to join us, please register for the event and let us know you’d like to attend.

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Estate Planning for Parents With Special Needs Children Seminar

Later this month, we are going to be holding a seminar on a subject that is very close to our family’s heart. Our son was diagnosed as autistic and has ADHD. He is a very bright young man, but he sometimes has an amazingly kind heart and can get taken advantage of by other people that aren’t as innocent as he is. He shows amazing care for others and would give someone his very last cent if they asked for it. That’s why we, as parents, leverage a supplemental needs trust for him now and in the future.

So, you may ask, what exactly does a supplemental needs trust mean? A supplemental needs trust is a financial vehicle that has the ability to financially protect your child when parents aren’t able to do it any longer. It has the ability to protect state aid that your child may receive. It also grants the ability for you or someone you trust to keep watch over your child’s finances so that they don’t get taken advantage of. Essentially, a supplemental needs trust adds a separate level of protection for disabled people.

Say for example, there is a family that has a child that is disabled and another child that isn’t. The child with Autism receives state aid for therapy and additional classes to help them. This family could have a number of scenarios that come into play in which the parents would want to treat both of their children the fairly, but need to treat them differently. If the parents pass away in a car accident and need the children to be cared for. Presumably, the parents had life insurance to help take care of their children. Unfortunately, that life insurance COULD qualify the disabled child out of state aid. In essence, not only did the child lose their parents, the money turns into something that works against them when it comes to getting aid. Add to that, the children are now being treated differently and, probably, unfairly.

Another less tragic example is of grandparents that may want to help their disabled grandbaby. They have done very well in their professional life and can afford to help financially support their grandchild. There are limits to that, of course, and what the grandparents don’t want to happen, is for their gift to hurt their grandchild. They don’t want their grandkids to get taken advantage of financially. They also don’t want their grandkids to lose the help that they are receiving from the state. Grandma and Grandpa just want what’s best for their family.

As previously mentioned, we are holding a seminar later this month on Wednesday, September 25th at 4:30 pm to discuss just this subject. You can get your tickets here or contact Jeff at [email protected] or call (952) 843-8546. If you’re reading this blog, many of you know that Omni has written the book on supplemental needs trusts in Minnesota. Her book held the #1 Best Selling New Release on Amazon for her book Financially Caring for Your Disabled Child: A Guide to Understanding the Minnesota Supplemental Needs Trust. This seminar will focus on the same principles and explain how this subject may affect your family.

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